Letter sent by Henry in World War I requesting a "Buffa Ticket"
A Transcription of the letter is :
Redfern 42 Louis St July 8 '19
Dear Sir, I am writing in reference to you about the home coming of my brother, Andy if who has been on Active Service in Palistine 18 Camel Core. If you will kindly send me a Buffa ticket to addmitt me into the Buffa. The number of his Regiment No. 2097. I will be so thankful to you if you will do me that favour.
I do hope and trust you have one left. The a (stet) large family of us and he is my favourite brother and Oblige yours Sincerely H. Collins
Among the possessions of Gladys King/Owen (nee Collins) were two letters from her father (Henry 'Harry' Collins) and they are reproduced here. A curiosity with them is that Harry enclosed Proper Nouns (names and places) in parenthesis ( ). The reason for this is unknown. Was it something he learnt at school? We'll probably never know.
Click to Enlarge pdf 20 Oct 1957
Griffiths Oak Flats 20-10-57
Dear Gladys I received your welcome letter yesterday & am very sorry to hear (Denise) has the mumps & hope she will soon be alright again It is better for her to get them now than latter on when she is older. My back was very bad yesterday but is all right this morning Seemed to get right about a hour after I went to bed last night so hope it will keep better We had a very hot day here on Friday then yesterday it got very cool & is warming up again this morning Am glad to hear (Jhon) done well with his jumping. I might be down on the 14 or 15 of next month Will all depend on how I feel We still havent had any rain & things are looking very dry so hoping these few lines find your allwell. I remain your lovling Farther
Click to Enlarge pdf 21 Dec 1959
Griffiths St Oak Flats 21-12-59
Dear Gladys I received your welcome letter & also the cards & thanks very much they are very nice, you are having a busy time there with Partys. (Dot) house is just about finished. (Norman), I think finished the painting to day & now the parths are to be done but (Norman) has not got to do them, I think (Clyde) is going to do next week, They wont allow them to shift in th till the Parths and Front fence is done (Les) is away at (Forbes), he went out on Monday & will be home on Friday He went out to give (Sam) a hand as (Sam) son is in hopit hospital with a broken leg I am enclosing a couple of pounds for you to get something for your self & Ted for Xmas It is not much but by time I get around all might be able to do better next year as I have a heavy year this year So wishing you all a merry Xmas & happy new year. From your loving Farther